Join us on our WTA Doha tournament analysis that takes place this week in Qatar on hard courts. Find out who the main contenders are as well as the player to keep an eye on for this event.
It hasn't been an easy start of season for Angelique Kerber with the German winning only 57.14% of the matches played so far. Adding to this, Angelique also failed to defend her title at the Australian Open, which cost her the WTA No. 1 ranking back to Serena Williams. Due to her poor results this season, Kerber decided not to compete on the Fed Cup in order to focus on this Qatar Open.
After two consecutive defeats in the opening round, the 2014 WTA Doha runner-up is looking for a better result in this event. Looking now to Angelique's draw, she won't have an easy debut against a player who beat her earlier this year in Sydney – Darya Kasatkina. However, this seems to be a great opportunity for Kerber to claim her first title in 2017. Our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Angelique's betting odds to win this event at +350 at Bet365.
Karolina Pliskova continues her incredible run in 2017. After winning the WTA Brisbane title and reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals, Pliskova was the key to the Czech Republic's victory last weekend in the Fed Cup against Spain. Despite her outstanding results, it won't be easy for Karolina to present her best tennis on this event. Apart from the intercontinental trip from Ostrava to Doha, Pliskova also has do adjust to completely different conditions after playing the Fed Cup tie on indoor hard courts.
With a poor 2-3 career record in Doha, the court conditions in this event are not the best for Karolina's powerful game style. Pliskova's half of the draw is also extremely difficult with dangerous players such as Dominika Cibulkova, Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Strycova. Having said that, we advise you to stay away from Pliskova's outright at +333 at BetVictor since we wouldn't be surprised with an early loss from the Czech.
Player To Watch
Even though Jelena Jankovic's golden days are long gone, the former world No. 1 is never an easy player to face. Known for her delightful two-handed backhand, Jankovic can create many problems to her opponents with that shot. Due to her low ranking, Jelena had to play the qualifying stage, which can be an advantage in the first round since she's already used to the game conditions in Doha. Adding to this, Jankovic has also a very good record in the event with three previous appearances in the semifinals.
Looking now at Jelena's draw on this event, the Serbian starts her campaign against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Despite her brilliant run in Melbourne – with Pavlyuchenkova reaching the quarterfinals – the Russian is famous for her inconsistency and it won't be easy for her to perform at a consistent level in this windy conditions in Doha. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Jankovic to your tennis betting picks to win the first-round match against Pavlyuchenkova at +138 at Coral.